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MartyJ

Interesting some users of this forum often declare themselves as either a “Stovie” or not.  I know it is done "tongue in cheek" but just maybe some are serious?  As if declaring allegiance to one over the other implies that a belief system that one appliance is somehow superior to the other. Stoves are difficult to store and display. Mostly big green boxes that sit flat on a shelf and take up a lot of space. If you want to display them you need a flat surface, counter top height and width or a bevy of folding stands.

Lanterns on the other hand, sit ready for use on a narrow shelf or hang from a hook and just are pretty as you please. “Light me up and I will be brilliant or just look at my curves, shiny paint and pretty glass” they say.   Or “marvel at my nickel finish”. Stoves are the more masculine of the two, built for work, ready to flex those BTU’s into making a hungry man’s dinner but a not a lot of glamour in looks. Of course I am casting a wide net here and there are the single burner stoves that have those great industrial lines and take up much smaller space. Even the hard core lantern guys seem to sneak a single burner or two in their display line-ups while steadfastly swearing they are not true Stovies as if it was a curse just above illegal drug use. They may claim they don’t collect stoves but if you were to look carefully, likely there is a stove or two (or six) hidden in the garage cabinets they get out and paw over when no one is looking.  

Then there are the softer edges of the European brassies with their curves and polish with that kind of squat under a pot and lift it up like some eastern bloc weight lifter kind of look. I do like brassies, they somehow look like you once set a too heavy pot on them and squashed them down. And they roar when they work, just screaming at you on how hard the task at hand is but they are not giving up until the job is done. Mostly though, they have to be first approached with some decorum as they need some encouragement to work right, maybe a little alcohol preheat just to get them in the mood, an extra pump or two. A lot of them have the exotic etched on foreign languages which bring up the image of a halted caravan in the desert sands, perhaps an oasis where tea is being brewed before pushing on further into the dunes.

But that is not the American way. The American way of camping requires a truck load of gear and full on meals fixed under that tree canopy.   Those other guys don’t even have trees (palm an date trees don’t count). We are talking pine trees where a true camper has at least one suitcase stove and maybe a single or two for side jobs along with a campfire.   Breakfasts consists of eggs and bacon, hash browns and toast.   There has to be at least a gallon of boiled coffee and perhaps a biscuit of two. Lunch can be the leftover bacon and biscuits, if there is any leftovers, but dinner has to be a full blown production of steak and beans and just maybe a cobbler. If you were lucky, maybe a fish fry from those trout you pulled from the stream or lake. Sure you can get away with a measly little single burner if your meal preparation consists of pouring hot water into a foil poach and making your environmentally friendly, no caffeine, herbal tea but what is the fun in that. True camping require meals that give heart surgeons pause and require three to five burners chugging along. Now go get that suitcase out and give it some love, it is calling to you.

(if anybody’s feelings were hurt in this little rant, I only did it for good natured fun and also, toughen up buttercup, I think your therapist needs another payment.)

Marty
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TunkTop
I love it!
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sbh801
Well said!! I'm a STOVIE!!!!!!![sEm_oops2]
Shine on!! Steven
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Smudge
I got my 425D fueled up and ready for din din.
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BrianBo
I would like to proudly say that I am a lantern guy. Green, two mantles at that! I have occasionally dipped my toe in other waters including Aladdin lamps, one of those red lanterns and a carbide light, but sry to stay true to my greenies. I have one 502 stove that I use for light cooking or warming a can of lunch. I found it works good for cooking the old gaskets out of filler caps. I catch myself looking at larger stoves, even ovens at garage sales, but walk away.
...and don’t get me started on you “Lampies”!
(I say this while rocking nervously in the basement, muttering to myself, “I’m not a stovie, I’m not a stovie, I’m not a stovie” 
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MartyJ
BrianBo wrote:
I would like to proudly say that I am a lantern guy. Green, two mantles at that! I have occasionally dipped my toe in other waters including Aladdin lamps, one of those red lanterns and a carbide light, but sry to stay true to my greenies. I have one 502 stove that I use for light cooking or warming a can of lunch. I found it works good for cooking the old gaskets out of filler caps. I catch myself looking at larger stoves, even ovens at garage sales, but walk away.
...and don’t get me started on you “Lampies”!
(I say this while rocking nervously in the basement, muttering to myself, “I’m not a stovie, I’m not a stovie, I’m not a stovie” 


I like a 502, it is a nice plinker, kinda like a .22 but when your in bear country you need something bigger.  I am not suggesting you jump in and get a 426, but maybe a nice little 425NL.  Small, compact, two fine burners that will cook, with some planning of course, a three course woodsy meal.   Think perhaps chicken fried steak with milk gravy.  You know something to harden the arteries.  Having just a 502 is only a step higher then a can of Sterno for Pete's sake. (They are fine stoves though, I think I have four of them)
Marty
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Northman49
There will always be at least 8hrs of daylight any day of the year, not including the Polar regions, but food is needed any time. So my lanterns are there to light up my cooking space when I need it. Double mantle lanterns are banned at my campsites...if you can't light up with one...forget two.
      Just sayin'.🍳
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hikerduane
Nice read.
I call Repo, Buttercup when I attach his pack on him for a backpack trip.  Unlike all my other dogs I had, he is the least enthused about the pack going on, but ok shortly after.
Duane 
Duane-All seasons, year round backpacker and camper.  So many stoves and lanterns, who's counting.
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MartyJ
Dogs are great pragmatists.  That's what makes them better suited to humans then cats.  Of course he doesn't want a pack but if that what it takes to get to go out, what the heck.  A cat will resist all attempts to conformity and plot revenge when you cross them.  Given your style of camping though Duane, I don't see you strapping a suitcase stove onto Repo anytime soon.  I sure he would have to draw the line even for a little KampKook #2.
Marty
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Gunhippie
Makin' coffee @3:00 AM:

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And just a reminder: some stoves can be pretty sexy:

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Looks even better with bacon grease!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Barrett
As an unashamed Stovie I fully agree Marty, I like seeing at night... but I love a full belly 24hrs a day 🙂
Andrew

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Hoping to reach cognitive and emotional maturity before my children do.
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Vintageish
Coleman may have missed the boat by not packaging stoves inside coolers.
Storage would then become a moot point.
Because there's room in storage for a cooler , no questions asked. Another cooler? Sure. We can use one for beverages and one for foodstuffs. 
Yet another? Sure , we don't want to keep opening and closing the lid on stuff we're not using today , right?
Another? Well , it can keep some of our cook gear dry and clean during transit or storage. Another? Why certainly my dear. Towels must be kept clean. And only brutes haul stuff around in trash bags..

Stack them. Build a partition wall.Or two.
Her royal indoors would have more work inventorying stoves , vs having an obvious pile to complain of.
And we'd need more coolers (note the above previously mentioned justifications for back up) should a freezer or refrigerator fail ,or power be out to long. Or if needing storage containers for food staples  storage as in recent times when buying bulk in advance is gaining popularity.
Heaven forbid the guy with twenty new unused stove has to take them out of their cooler cocoons. Or worse , the Mrs. finds out the coolers are not  really empty... But then , more coolers could be purchased. With free stoves inside!
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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Bill
Backpacking stoves were my entry drug into the world of GPA collecting, so I started off as a stovie, and I continue to be a huge stove fan.  Just keep this in mind--if someone hadn't invented the glowing mantle over 120 years ago, we'd be calling this site the Coleman Stove Collectors Forum.  Let's face it, you can often go without light at night, but it's hard to make hot food without heat.  You can burn charcoal or wood outdoors when the weather permits, but you certainly can't use it in your home during a power outage.
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Looking for birthday lanterns dated 4/33, 9/33 & 7/86

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Tgarner01
Bill wrote:
  You can burn charcoal or wood outdoors when the weather permits, but you certainly can't use it in your home during a power outage.


A lot of folks around here still cook on wood indoors... Albeit in cooler weather and for the fun of it ðŸ˜

I agree, I'm a lantern "collector" but in all reality the two burner stoves are by far the most practical GPA in my opinion. I find myself leaving $5-$10 suitcase stoves mainly because I don't have the space to store them properly... I have lots of lanterns and single burner stoves that I enjoy playing with but only 3 the suitcase stoves (all cast burners of course) 
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Duck
I have no idea what you guys are talking about! What’s a 502?

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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Gavercronos
Lanterns? Bah. Stoves? Pfft. Coolers? Please, I only have one to keep my laundry in cause it's waterproof. A real man ain't afraid of being in the house with the women, unlike you outdoors pansies. A real man is a Lamp Loon! They are made to look good, period. Shade too plain? Upgrade to a fancier one. Too fancy? Pop a 306 on there! They come in versions that sit on the table, stick on the wall, and hang from the ceiling. If you like it where it is enough, you can mount it permanently and run the fuel in from a big tank on the porch. Some even have multiple sets of burners! Failing all else, the humble, common CQ looks good anywhere. Even outside...

/s
WillCat

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Tgarner01
Gavercronos wrote:
common CQ looks good anywhere. Even outside...

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Agreed ðŸ˜

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Bumpkin 95
I love them both. I have sang the praises of the suitcase stoves for a while. I also like the singles, and the lanterns. I think Coleman fuel might be a drug. And I am always looking for a place to use it. Sometimes I just use it for no reason other than I need a fix and I really cannot stop.  But I will admit the 425 might be the cheap crack of the stove world. I have have 3😞.  On the bright side Maybe I can become a dealer😁 
  • Lee
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  • Like a lantern just hanging out
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Willy
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A stovie and proud of it. 
Willy.
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Ridge Runner
So, how many of either makes you qualify for bona fide “stovie” status??

Just wondering!

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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12057dave
Great blog there Marty. And well put. Got my 425C, 413G,426NL and a 502 packed for Kentucky. They will be leaving out at 5:00am. Oh yea. And a 288 lantern. Unfortunately another 413G will be staying home. Btw. I’ll be with them😁

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0678

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Gunhippie
Duck wrote:
I have no idea what you guys are talking about! What’s a 502?


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These are 502s.

Just to be clear: I am not a stovie!

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I just can't seem to get rid of these things!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Rfieldbuilds

This may be the best read of the year.  I guess with Covid, everyone has been storing up their sarcasm for a good go and Marty opened that gate   

As for me and mine, Im probably the GPA Collector equivalent of a crack whore.  Lanterns- yes, stoves- well ya gotta have em, coolers- I always have room for one more, and now-  the dreaded lamps.  Argh, I miss the days of having one loved lantern, and a few stoves in the garage.  Life as a collector has been good.  Fun stuff and the treasure of all collectors are the friendships.  Those you can never have enough of.  

Randy
QL #15, Slant Saver #59, #0269 Turd Hurdler, #0269 Mil Spec Syndicate, Coleman Blues 243 #0269, BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #072, and a few others too.
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StanDahl
I've got 211 stoves and 265 lanterns, although these numbers were recently boosted quite a bit and are falling slowly. That's a 1:1.25 ratio, which is about right for me, although I also have a ridiculous number of lamps as well, which skews the ratio. I can use a stove in the morning, all day long, and into the night, whereas a lantern is only good after sunset. I guess I'd call myself a stovie.
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Pancholoco1911

@StanDahl my ratio would be... I don’t have an idea, been collecting since September last year and have few stoves, lanterns and lamps. Total here in the USA would be around 50-60 lanterns, 20 stoves and 2 lamps plus all the ones in Mexico and other countries that need to be shipped. 


I enjoy fettling them, that’s the most rewarding part for me, I don’t like shelf queens because I don’t have the guts to lit them. My lanterns are users quality and stoves are the same, 11 months into this and I have found some very interesting examples. 


love all the GPA appliances 

~Pancho~
👀 for BD lantern  7/85, 10/04, 5/11, 2/19
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bluesky0812
Great job.

Have to take exception the single burner though.  Spent too many days hunting and cooking spam and potatoes while waiting for the coffee to cool enough to drink on a single burner.

Oh and I am not a stovie!!!
Marty
MILSPEC_OPS  #81   ICCC #1451
Looking for 11/88 & 1/69  Still Learning
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Barrett
The Stovie Revolution has started😜

Stovies Unite!
Andrew

Living and learning in NZ
Hoping to reach cognitive and emotional maturity before my children do.
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Chucker
Make a 2 burner suitcase into A ONE BURNER? YEAH! And an old Coleman cooler as a tote? I'm right there with ya. 

Lots of good ideas here. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
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outlawmws
Take a dead box stove case and make it into a carry case.  Do two and add a pantry (complete with shelves!)

Me; my preference is for lanterns.  If you cant see, you can't cook, and most of my cooking is done before dawn or after dark..  

Lanterns are the sports, or race cars... Stoves are the trucks, or family mini vans...

That said I was collecting stove long before I was lanterns.  Mostly the brass one burners, (mostly big ones...) - But I got (mostly) over it... 
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“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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12057dave
StanDahl wrote:
I've got 211 stoves and 265 lanterns, although these numbers were recently boosted quite a bit and are falling slowly. That's a 1:1.25 ratio, which is about right for me, although I also have a ridiculous number of lamps as well, which skews the ratio. I can use a stove in the morning, all day long, and into the night, whereas a lantern is only good after sunset. I guess I'd call myself a stovie.
.                                         Wow John. 211 stoves. That’s pretty incredible. I don’t know if I’m considered a stovie or not. But in any case I’m ready!

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0678

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TunkTop
Make a two burner into a complete single burner coffee mess is pure genius!
My hat is off to you, sir.
E.B. Leland
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Coldwaterpaddler
This is funny stuff.  After I repaired my 400A, I got to thinking about some single-burner military stoves my father had, and I goofed around with, when I was a kid. I found some for sale and bought them. Then a couple more. By the next summer I had at least a half-dozen when I went on a river trip. I told the guys that I read on the forum that if someone had more than than three working stoves, they were called a "stovie". So, they started calling me Stovie Steve. So, when I joined the forum that became my signature. 

The progression from there is, 1) Denial, "I'm not a collector, I'm not a collector", 2) Acceptance, that is, acquire 50+stoves including suitcase, 3) Lanterns, just a few ( or 30), 4) Lamps, those are sorta interesting, grab a few local deals and my wife doesn't mind them being on display out in the open, 5) Irons, every collector needs a few, right?, 6) Carbide Lamps, heck why not get a few, how do those work? neat...7) Heaters, I think I'm required to have at least one. 8) Alcohol, sure, 9) Kero lanterns? Of course!!!

Pretty sure I'm a stovie though...but isn't that the way this stuff works? I'm having a great time, so go ahead and call me a stovie!
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95
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monkeyboy

i don’t know what to say.
 the one i’m missing out of Gunhippie’s line up is the Feather 400.
 almost bought a nice example of a 18AB0EF8-E07B-44A8-8EC0-913C6A8E162F.jpeg  400 from the forum last week. hey
i’m a stovie. have been since i bought my first 502 back in 1973?

a true stovie will not buy every stove he comes across, the reason being simply because he hopes someone else might 
enjoy finding and using a stove just as he did back when.

buzz

buzz the universe in a drop of water Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #0066
Mudzoory
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Duck
Gunhippie wrote:


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These are 502s.

Just to be clear: I am not a stovie!

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I just can't seem to get rid of these things!

ok thanks Timm! Now I know what this is!

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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Frank6160
Zulu Kono wrote:
Great idea!
Been doing it for years.
These things are useless as coolers, IMO, but they
make great storage totes, and can be gotten for free.
I have another one I mounted on the
front rack of my quad for tools and stuff.

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Also took a 413F and modded it into a single-burner so
I could store a coffee pot and coffee fixins inside the case.

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Do you have any issue with water getting in it when it rains? Tried using another brand for storage and carrying  years ago but if it got rained on inside got wet to some degree depending on how hard or how much it rained.
Frank
If It's Coleman
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275 Appreciation Syndicate #60
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12057dave
It’s what for supper. 

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0678

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Ridge Runner
Ok, Dave, suitcases pack the power! Between your Alfredo and John’s honey-curry chicken, I need to go raid the fridge. You cats are making me hungry again!

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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egroscup
Oh I'm a stovie for sure and have even been called a broilie as I pack a Caloric Cub propane fired broiler for camping at the engine show. It works great for keeping the Basford coffee hot also. Stoves and lanterns for me along with the occasional oddity lamp, broiler, or whatever. Its all fun. E.
The year 2259, the place Babylon 5
Erik
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Dubblbubbl
Hi, my name is Dubblbubbl and I am a stovie.....

I live in denial but get reminded every time I move the 11 or so suitcase stoves stored under the camper plus the stoves and lanterns on top of the camper.  Seems this gpa hobby is an addiction and stoves seem to stick to me like burrs on a bad day hunting.  I’m at the point where I can’t store any more stuff unless I take over one of the rooms in the house and that ain’t gonna happen, or so I’ve been told.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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Dubblbubbl
Gunhippie wrote:
Makin' coffee @3:00 AM:

And just a reminder: some stoves can be pretty sexy:



Looks even better with bacon grease!



Would really like to know how Timm gets his nickel looking that good.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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Chucker
@Dubblbubbl Rob, Timm has a plating kit. He 'makes' his own nickel. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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Dubblbubbl
Chucker wrote:
@Dubblbubbl Rob, Timm has a plating kit. He 'makes' his own nickel. 
 

Yeah I knew he re-plated some stuff, glad to know it’s not just elbow grease because I don’t have that much ‘elbow’.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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Gunhippie
The nickel fount on that B/'47 US 500 is original. I did the other parts.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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